As one of the first acts to feature on our website, and with our recent exclusive premiere of their third album Mineral, it is no secret that Terraformer are a band close to our hearts. For the fifth time the men from Liège have sided with the prestigious dunk!records, and this time they seem to have made the best album of their career.
RELEASE DATE: 16 February 2017 LABEL: dunk!records
Those who have been awaiting this record for a long time are not to be afraid—the band remain as heavy and percussive as on their previous albums. Cuts like Amethyst and Epoch launch right into the sludgy goodness, but for the lovers of that beautiful melodic side of Terraformer’s previous outing Creatures, the band have still retained their sense for melancholic harmony.
On Mineral both qualities—heavy and beautiful—add up to a complex array of sounds and textures. Terraformer elegantly mix unison riffing with discrete layering, which makes Mineral a very pleasant record to listen to. Music fans who are used to more complex or dissonant music might have trouble concentrating on the songs, driving them into the back of their minds, but even as background filler Mineral creates a convincing atmosphere. Though you haven’t paid attention while the record was playing, from the first notes of Aegean to the last distant ringing of The Aether Shell you will still have the feeling of having been on an incredible journey.
Mineral is a documentation of the big sounds within this universe. It references space travel and the maritime world, but also less obvious, human sounds. The guitar melody on Amethyst for example sounds like roaring football fans singing in a stadium. This comparison between big noises in the natural world—both human and not human—is also something that becomes apparent in the video for Aegean which refers to space travel, but which prominently features human beings relating themselves to the universe, either by observing or by partaking in it.
With this impressive pairing of sound and subject matter, Terraformer have delivered their best album to date and definitely one of the finest Belgian instrumental rock albums in recent years. They have improved upon the production of their previous outing Creatures and have let go of the Celtic and fantasy aspects of that record. Instead they have created an instrumental space opera that delicately intermarries imagery from astronomy, geology and Greek mythology, while fully retaining the sludgy post-metal sound that the band is known for.